The day has come and the video is now out! Just what video? Oh, just an epic battle between two friends across Seoul. In 2010, Hyunwoo Sun and I raced from Dongtan to Gwanghwamun. In 2011, we raced on two separate trails. Up until this point, Hyunwoo and I each enjoyed a victory. So it was time for a tie-breaker match. Something epic. Something amazing.
As the picture above implies, Hyunwoo and I would be using transportation once more to travel. Ever since the first race, I’ve known I wanted to do more with Hyunwoo. Mainly because he and I are such a good fit for these competitions. We are both highly competitive, yet take a fairly relaxed approached to the races. We also love to film and take our viewers along with us. So since this would be the third such race, I wanted to do something epic and what better way than to pit man against machine.
So here’s the skinny on the race – The distance was more than 14 kilometers – closer to 16 depending if you believe Runmeter. The last time I did the ride, it took me just under an hour to make the journey. According to the various subway apps, taking Line 2 to Sincheon station from the starting point would take about 55 minutes. It’s then a 1km walk to the finish line (taxis are allowed to make up for the distance). As you can see, it looks pretty close.
Hyunwoo was free to choose any route he wished. I started doing some research and found my preferred route: Line 5 (Yeouinaru) to Line 9 Express (Yeouido) bound for Sinnonhyeon. Then transfer overland to Gangnam Station Line 2 to go the rest of the way. This journey would take 36 minutes, meaning that the total time was closer to 40 minutes. That was a lot of time I needed to shave off my time. So for the weeks preceding the race, I spent lots of time running and doing stairs.
Mikyung (Hyunwoo’s wife) was kind enough to assist in filming, as was Jo, who took a taxi to the finish line, getting their only 10 minutes before the victor. Hyunwoo used his Canon 500D, while I made use of the two GoPro Cameras and the H2 for sound. Unfortunately, the bike was a little bigger than one I had used previously, so it was a little difficult getting everything in place. This is especially with the rear camera on me, where you can see the windsock in frame. Oh well, nothing could be done about it.
Since there was a huge time gap between arrivals (I’m not going to spoil the results here – you’ll have to watch the video), it presented a little editing challenge. So I went for the split screen option and was able to time things up so we both appeared to arrive at the same time. Did you like that?
So one last thing in this post – which is the same as in the video – what’s your favorite way to see your city?